Mayo wrestling breaks through, captures Section 1AAA team championship for program’s first state appearance

The Spartans all season believed this was the team to make history and on Saturday, they came through on that promise.

ROCHESTER — For nearly two decades, Art Trimble has watched his baby — the Mayo wrestling program — grow up, molding it to fit a championship caliber program.

It was anything but easy, but at last after many years of hard work, sweat and tears, the Spartans and Trimble have their championship.

Thanks to an impressive performance on Saturday, the Mayo wrestling team is heading to the MSHSL state tournament for the first time in program history after knocking off No. 2 seeded Faribault 37-20 in the Section 1AAA championship dual on Saturday at Mayo Civic Center.

For Trimble, who was fighting tears as he watched most of the young men he had helped introduce to the sport receive their first-place medals, it was more than a special moment. Continue reading at →

Mayo grad Vold striving to be the female wrestling coach she never had

Vold was the first female to earn a varsity wrestling letter at Mayo, now she’s hoping to continue to be a trailblazer for girls in the sport at Chatfield.

CHATFIELD — As she looked across the mats during another Mayo wrestling practice, it dawned on Savannah Vold it was about time for her to stop holding a clipboard.

The then-Spartans’ sophomore wrestling manager already had the makeup for the sport, having grown up grappling and wrestling with her father — former UFC fighter and 1994 Mayo graduate Aaron Vold — on the tiny wrestling mat in the family’s basement. That’s where Aaron would also train with other fighters at times. Unbeknownst to her, Savannah was a sponge, soaking it all up.

“Just growing up with my dad being a fighter, I had that background,” Vold said. “Just being younger and getting thrown out with his fighters and stuff like that. I just always loved that aggression.”

She figured now, it was time to turn all those years of learning, into being a member of the Mayo wrestling team. Continue reading at →

Mayo’s first ranking in nearly two decades a testament to years of hard work

ROCHESTER — Even before this season began, the Mayo High School wrestling team wasn’t shy about the expectations it laid out for itself.

With 10 section placewinners returning from last year’s squad, the Spartans fully expect to contend with Northfield and Faribault for a Section 1AAA title.

They are off and running.

The latest evidence comes in the Class AAA state rankings, where the Spartans come in at No. 12 — their first ranking in so long that coach Art Trimble couldn’t even recall.

“It was a long time ago,” Trimble said. “I know we have been in the lean and mean (honorable mention), but it’s been a long time, I mean, I’m not even really sure on that. I know that 2004 team was ranked.” Continue reading at →

The Guillotine – January 11, 2019

The January 11, 2019 issue of The Guillotine has arrived! Featured content in this issue includes: Things I Find Interesting – The Haircut, Spartans Stand Together – Art Trimble/Rochester Mayo, Iowa at Minnesota Preview & Predictions, and HS Pound-For-Pound Class Rankings.

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Breaking Barriers

Savannah Vold had a hunch she’d take to a sport formerly reserved for boys. But the Rochester Mayo senior had no idea it would consume her this much.

Vold went from dipping her toe into wrestling as a sophomore, when she got a close look at things as the Mayo High School wrestling student manager, to nervously slipping on a Spartans singlet for the first time as a junior.

“I was on the border about whether to go out for wrestling or not,” said Vold, who for the last two years has been the only girl who’s stuck with wrestling the entire season at Mayo, and is just one of two of them at the high school level in Rochester. “But going out for the wrestling team was the best decision I’ve made in my life. Wrestling is great for girls. It teaches you discipline and resilience, makes you stronger and gives you a great mindset. All the things I’ve learned from wrestling, I’ll take them with me for the rest of my life.”

Vold grew up appreciating the “tough-person” approach. That’s been in good part due to her attachment to her father, Aaron Vold, a former mixed martial arts fighter and coach, and a 1994 Mayo High graduate. Continue reading at